February 20, 2013
By: Brendan Clary, Staff Writer
LCU Sports Update
As basketball season winds down and the spring sports gear up, here is a look at the recent news in LCU athletics.
Kelsey Canavan has proven to be stellar both on the court and in the classroom for the Lady Chaps.
CANAVAN GARNERS ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN HONOR The Lady Chaparral basketball program recently announced another All-American in Kelsey Canavan. An accounting major from El Paso, Canavan has a perfect 4.0 G.P.A. along with leading the Sooner Athletic Conference with a .529 field goal percentage. This honor gives LCU 14 total Academic All-Americans in program history in all sports.
GEARING UP FOR THE CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT The Lubbock Christian Lady Chaps have experienced highs and lows in the month of February as they gear up for their run in the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament and the subsequent national tournament. With two games left in the regular season the Lady Chaps sit at 24-3 overall, while holding an 11-3 conference record. Two of those losses came this month on the road against Oklahoma City University and Rogers State University.
The Lady Chaps faced off against bitter rival Wayland Baptist University (Tuesday night) in Plainview for the final time in SAC play and thanks to a double-double from Kelsey Canavan (18 points, 13 rebounds) the Lady Chaps cruised to a 77-55 victory. The Chaps got off to a hot start and never looked back against the Flying Queens. Emily Atkins contributed 11 first half points to give the Lady Chaps the advantage at the break. Kelsey Hoppel would contribute nine second half points to build the lead and secure the win. The win gives head coach Steve Gomez a 20-4 record against Wayland in his time on the bench and the Lady Chaps have won 19 of the last 21 meetings.
The regular season and home finale will come against the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma on Thursday, February 21 at 6 pm. USAO fell to the Lady Chaps previously in Chickasha, OK by a score of 86-54.
Everyone is encouraged to come out and get loud in support of the seniors as they take the court at the Rip Griffin Center for the last time.
MEN'S BASKETBALL The 2012-2013 campaign for the Lubbock Christian University men's basketball program has been one of ups and down and the month of February has been no exception to that. The Chaps are 14-12 overall and sit an an even 7-7 conference record. After losing their February 2nd contest against Oklahoma Christian University, 88-69, the Chaps rattled of three consecutive wins, including a big win against then-No. 10 ranked Oklahoma Baptist University.
The Chaps have two remaining games this week to conclude the regular season.Just like the Lady Chaps, the men traveled to Plainview (Tuesday night) to take on rival Wayland Baptist University. After a strong push in the second half, the Chaps would come away with a crucial conference win by the score of 80-70. The Chaps had several players in double figures, being led by freshmen Jabril Durham (18 points) and AJ Luckey (17 points). Jaron Vierra also had 15 points, while Jamaal Crayton added 13.
The victory in Plainview was the 100th win for the Chaps in the rivalry and capped off a run of 10 straight. This, however, was the last meeting between the two schools, as SAC members, barring a possible contest in the conference tournament.
The Chaps will end the season at home against the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Thursday evening at the Rip Griffin Center.
SOFTBALL The Lady Chaps softball team is already off to a blistering start in 2013. Establishing early dominance on the road, the Lady Chaps have a perfect 4-0 road record, while sporting a 7-3 neutral site tally.
Early season highlights include a pair of no-hitters thrown by freshman Katera Eltsosie, who would later earn Sooner Athletic Conference softball pitcher of the week for Feb. 11-17, and a five inning 10-0 shutout of Texas Women's University in the St. Mary's Tournament in San Antonio.
The Lady Chaps are fresh off a 4-0 appearance in the Cowtown Classic in Fort Worth and will look to continue their winning streak in the upcoming St. Mary's Round Robin tournament this weekend.
BASEBALL The hot start by the baseball program at Lubbock Christian University was momentarily cooled in Portales, NM on Tuesday afternoon. The Chaps, who had won every previous series, were shutout 3-0 by the Greyhounds of Eastern New Mexico University.
The Chaps struggled at the plate and were held hitless for nearly seven innings, despite walks from ENMU pitcher Brett Humphries. Although the bats were slow to get started, six free passes from Humphries afforded the Chaps some opportunities that they were unable to capitalize upon. The best chance for the Chaps came in the fifth inning when they were able to load the bases with Brett Kauten at the plate. Trying to chip away at the deficit, Kauten hit a fly ball to left field in an attempt to sacrifice Brent Leslie home from third base. Unfortunately, Leslie was called out after leaving early from third base and the ENMU double play shut down the potential rally.
While the win improves ENMU to 8-1, the Chaps fall to 9-3. LCU, early season road warriors, will return home Friday to open a series against McPherson College.